Mourinho: Manchester United 'trust' Moyes and will give him time

The Chelsea boss, who welcomes the Red Devils to Stamford Bridge on Sunday, dismissed suggestions the Scot is under pressure and backed the Old Trafford hierarchy to support him
Jose Mourinho believes Manchester United have not lost patience with David Moyes and still fully trust him to succeed and rebuild at Old Trafford.

The Red Devils' 2-1 loss to Swansea in the FA Cup was their fifth home defeat of the season, while they have slumped to seventh place in the Premier League table – 11 points behind leaders Arsenal.

But Mourinho feels the pressure Moyes is supposedly under is a fabrication of the media, and is convinced the club will support the man they picked to succeed Sir Alex Ferguson last summer.

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“I don’t think David is under pressure,” the Portuguese told London Evening Standard. “The pressure is something virtual. It is something that comes from the media as a consequence of not having the best results.

“The most important thing in all of this is not the pressure that comes from the outside, it’s the reality of the inside. My feeling, which is based on years of communicating with Sir Alex and some inside information, is Man United are not happy, but they are calm. They trust David. David trusts them.

“Are the players blaming the manager and thinking ‘I am safe’? No. The players don’t feel that. They feel all together on this. The manager is calm and they are thinking this is our manager for the next two-three-four-five years. So they’re all together and are going to rebuild again a big team.

“The bad results will finish. They will get back on track, probably too late to win the league because they’re too many points behind the leader.

“The gap is difficult to recover but David has a fantastic job. He’s in probably unique conditions to be stable and to do his work well and achieve success sooner rather than later.”

Chelsea host Manchester United at Stamford Bridge on Sunday, with the Blues looking to keep pace with the leaders while Moyes' men eye a top-four berth.